Tributes paid to miners who died 100 years ago

Officials lay floral tributes to former miners and collieries at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Officials lay floral tributes to former miners and collieries at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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Emotional tributes have been paid to remember miners who lost their lives 100 years ago.

Floral tributes were laid by former miners, officials and MPs to honour the miners who died at Woodhorn Colliery in 1916.

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, at the memorial service at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic.

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, at the memorial service at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic.

The tribute was part of the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic taking place at Woodhorn today (Saturday).

In one of the darkest days for the colliery, 13 miners lost their lives in a single accident on August 13, 1916.

The men – the oldest aged 48 and the youngest 21 – were killed when a firedamp exploded after contact with a naked flame in the Mainseam.

Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, lead the memorial service.

Afterwards attendees held a two minute silence at the Miners’ Memorial before the Ashington Colliery Band played ‘Gresford’.